pie-throwing group targets Pettigrew
Launching job guide
the Federal Human Ressources minister, gets a pie in the face
before a press conference in Montreal yesterday. The writing on
the pie plate reads "On behalf of the unemployed."
Montreal -- Pierre Pettigrew, the federal Human
Ressources Minister, has become the latest public figure to get
a pie in the face.
A member of Entartistes du Québec,
the pie-throwing group that targets public figures, landed one
on Mr. Pettigrew as he was getting ready to attend a news conference
to launch a guide to 120 professions that provide excellent job
Mr. Pettigrew had time to clean
up before the announcement.
Other prominent Quebecers to be
attacked with pies recently include Jacques Parizeau, former premier
of Quebec, Pierre Bourque, Montreal's mayor, and Jacques Duchesneau,
a former police chief, who was hit while running against Mr. Bourque
during last fall's municipal election campaign.
Yesterday's launch of the guide
was delayed by a few minutes because of the incident.
The group was protesting against
rules that have made it more difficult for people to collect employment
insurance, it said later in a press release.
Le Guide Practique des Carrières
d'Avenir lists 120 job categories that it says are among the best
bets for young people looking for a secure future.
Elevator mechanics, dairy farming,
the wine-serving business, and embalming are on the list, as are
industrial design, welding, psychiatry, and aeronautics.
Government and business representatives
at yesterday's launch hailed the guide as an important tool for
encouraging young people to stay in school.
"It's a breath of fresh air",
said Diane Lemieux, Quebec's Employment Minister.